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Physical Description

Comprising of Three straight tubes (branches) joined by two bows. The open end of the mouth-pipe, the joints of the forward bow with the mouth pipe and the lower branch, are covered by ferrules 4.30 inches long decorated with spiral fluting between bands of stylised foliage. The rearmost foliate bands of ferrules on the bell-pipe and the lower branch are attached to the tuning-slide bow. The arms of the tuning slide, and the bell-pipe and the lower branch are joined by tubular cross stays. The tuning slide is engraved with a broad arrow. The centre of the gently flaring bell pipe has the traditional decorative ‘ball’, which has a band of floral decoration around its centre. It is flanked by two smaller and narrower bands of laurel wreath, these flanked in turn by similar foliate bands to those on the ends of the ferrules. The gracefully, flared bell has a ‘garland’, (a border of applied ornament), of silver, heavily embossed with conventional foliate scrolls and a small plain shield. Above the garland the bell is engraved: ‘HENRY KEAT & SONS MAKERS MATTHIAS RD LONDON W N D 50’.
The silver mouthpiece has a small, fairly deep cup and a long stem. It is decorated with four turned grooves and five narrow bands of engraved decoration. The stem is marked: ‘H. KEAT & SONS LONDON, N.’ And is engraved with a broad arrow.
Each piece of silver used in the construction of this trumpets is hall-marked, with the makers mark D. K. Over G. K. In a rectangle, a lion passant, and a leopard’s head in a flat-topped shield. The date letter for 1894-5, a capital letter T in a shield is struck after the other marks on the mouth-pipe and the bell. A small music holder socket is soldered to the underside of the mouth-pipe, forward of the bell pipe’s ball.


OverallDepth70 mm
OverallLength664 mm
OverallWeight0.8 kg
OverallWidth146 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Broad arrow
tuning slide
Maker's markbell
Maker's markstem
Maker's markvarious


Places England


This trumpet, and XVIII.87, were the two from this set of six which were played by Crispian Steele-Perkins and David Edwards at the Royal opening of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on 15th March, 1996.